Making sure that key actors in carbon emission either reduce or give a fine for any of their excess carbon emitted
The main actors in emitting greenhouse gasses include industries, automobiles, miners, practices like burning green vegetation etc. Because of all these there has been an unpredictable change in the seasons, increase in the earth’s temperatures, depletion in the ozone layer, formation of acidic rains, respiratory complications etc.
This proposal aims to tackle such issues as follows;
a) All industries/factories are to put in place systems which regulate their flue e.g. the “Carbon converter system”. This simple system involves trapping the emitted gasses, directing the gasses into a water system where the gasses react with water to form their respective acids like carbonic acid, then the acids are harvested and used for other purposes.
b) All industries/factories are to reserve the land surrounding them for tree planting so that the trees can absorb the carbon dioxide they emit i.e. “the 100 feet scheme”. This scheme involves planting a variety of trees especially those with broader leaves in the 100 feet land surrounding the entire industrial area.
c) The already existing carbon fines in the different regions of the world are to be increased and then be made the same (equal) to prevent establishment of carbon emitting industries in areas where the carbon prices are lower like in Africa.
d) Deforestation is to be regulated i.e. in our “one dead two alive” tree slogan which suggests the planting of two or more trees before only one is cut.
e) Coming up with alternative, carbon free, simple and affordable to all ways of generating energy rather than coal and charcoal e.g. use of manufactured natural gas in small cylinders with burners for cooking especially in the homes.
Is this proposal for a practice or a project?
What actions do you propose?
The proposal aims at taking the following into action to ensure that our environment is protected through carbon pricing;
a) Enforcing the rules and policies that were enacted by parliament on the regulation of carbon emissions. This is to be effected together with other organizations which focus on protecting the climate and the environment at large. These rules are to be strictly applied to those industries/factories which do not regulate their fumes to the atmosphere i.e. paying a double fine on every quantity of carbon oxides (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide etc.) which exceeds the official carbon price.
b) Emphasizing and advocating for localization of industries so that those industries are not just scattered all over the country or region. Industries are to be reserved gazetted areas for their establishment so that there is easy trapping of their emissions if so by way of technology.
c) Carrying out sensitization sessions. The population especially the youths and the school going children are to be educated about the dangers of not controlling the dangerous gaseous emissions into space, how to control such emissions and how to become the best climate ambassadors in general.
d) Advocating for the government to Levy uniform taxes and fines on all actors in carbon emission which is aimed at scaring them from free establishment of carbon emitting industries. This is to be effected in co-operation and partnership with national, regional and international agencies that regulate the carbon prices
e) Embarking on afforestation and re-afforestation in areas where trees have been previously cut down by the people. This is to be effected by governmental organizations which focus on protecting the environment e.eg. National Environmental Management Authority for the case of Uganda. Non-governmental organizations are to also be invited to take part in this fight against carbon emission e.g. Green watch Uganda etc.
f) Raising awareness on how advantageous it is not to air pollute the environment and how disadvantageous it will turn out to be if pollutants like greenhouse gasses are continuously released to the environment. This is to be effected by individuals, private sector, governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Who will take these actions?
The proposed actions are to be undertaken by many environmentalists and climate protectors among who include the governmental and non-governmental organizations. The governmental organizations include the ministry of energy which is led by a minister from the central government, among its aims is to regulate all sources of energy in the country in the bid to protect the environment e.g. coming up with solutions about the charcoal usage in the country.
The non-governmental organizations include the National Environment and Management Authority (NEMA) in Uganda which was established by an act of parliament with aims of stopping deforestation through sensitizing the masses about the dangers of not protecting their environment. These non-governmental organizations will help implement the policies laid down by the law e.g. taking fines from those industries which do not regulate their emissions into space.
The proposed actions are to be supported by the Law making body in Uganda (the parliament) which is to be tasked to reinforce the already existing and come up with more new policies and laws on carbon pricing. It’s to also help other organizations in the implementations of the carbon pricing policies by following efficient and effective channels
The parliament is to work hand in hand with the police and the judicial arms of government to enforce the agreed on policies on carbon pricing.
The project is to include the media fraternity e.g. radios, TVs, newspapers, social media platforms etc. to disseminate information about the new campaign on carbon pricing.
The donors/funders are to be key in this campaign because they are to provide monetary support in facilitating the project activities and in return, they are to task us (project runners) about the accountability and prosperity of the project.
The youths especially the school going ones. They are to be sensitized on the general view of carbon pricing and therefore be tasked to become ambassadors in their homes and communities at large.
The project developer/author (Nakkazi Fauzia) herself is to form a team which is to actively get involved in coordinating all the project activities without fail.
Lastly is the population/community which is to put into practice the project’s objectives.
Where will these actions be taken?
These actions are to take place in a country called Uganda located in the eastern part of Africa, neighbored by Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and finally South Sudan.
In Uganda these actions are to be conducted in the Eastern, Central and Northern regions depending on the needs of those regions e.g.in Central and Eastern Uganda activities to be conducted include advocating for the levying of higher carbon fines since these are the most industrialized regions in the country.
The eastern region in particular encompasses most of the country’s water bodies like river Nile and Lake Victoria on whose shores exhibits the chief industries, so this is to call for a quick strategy to regulate fumes from these industries not to contaminate the marine troposphere.
In the Northern Uganda there will be mainly afforestation and reforestation alongside sensitization of the public due to nearly deficiency of the vegetation covering in form of trees.
In schools and public localities there is to be mainly sensitization about the carbon pricing campaign for the people to appreciate the good side toward protecting our environment from excessive carbon influx.
In addition, specify the country or countries where these actions will be taken.
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What impact will these actions have on greenhouse gas emissions and/or adapting to climate change?
What are other key benefits?
a) The planting of trees around these areas attracts convectional rainfall which enables the growth of pasture and plants increasing in the food production. This ultimately solves the problem of hunger which has hit these areas for quit along period of time due to mainly prevalence of long dry seasons. This also solves the problem of acidic rains.
b) According to the proposal, there will be minimization in the pollution practices i.e. air and water pollutions which are pre-disposing factors to most respiratory diseases like lung cancer, asthma
c) The afforestation and re-afforestation practices will provide homes for the wildlife In general since there will what it take for these animals to survive.
In return there will be huge boast in the tourism industry of the country hence contributing to the economy profoundly.
d) These forests will be used for study purposes and also they will give beautiful scenery which contributes to tourism industry at large.
In the central region of Uganda, amongst the goals of the body regulating the laws in the city is to keep Kampala city green. This is a city characterized by many industrial industries which emit lots of vapors.
The proposal suggest planting of trees in the 100 feet distance surrounding these industries, this will help absorb almost all the gasses these industries emit, enhance in the scenery of the city which are the core aims of this city regulatory body.
The Eastern and Northern regions according to their regional regulatory bodies on environment have the aims of restoring the green vegetation covering in the regions which is tackled by the proposal’s suggestion of the “one dead two alive” slogan which will account for formation of convectional rainfall which in return will enable the growth of the green vegetation cover.
What are the proposal’s projected costs?
For the first 5 years the estimated budget is about $500,000 per year because it’s characterized by initiating and putting up new systems for the project.
For the second five years the budget is projected to be at around $300,000 per year because it will be characterized by basically coordinating the project activities.
For the following years to come the budget is estimated to be ranging from $200,000 to $300,000 depending on the current situation at that time.
From 1-15 years we expect our trees to have just grown and got used to new soils. The impact here is study purposes where people will be taught about environmental protection with vivid examples. Another issue in this period is that these trees can be used for experimental research.
From 15-50 years, the trees begin to absorb the gasses from the air because they would have been so tall and actively involved in photosynthesis. The taxes charged on the industries is projected to have reduced because by this time the industries must have devised appropriate measures or copied up with our suggestions to regulate their vapors.
Between 50-100 years the absorption of gasses by the trees would have become enormous. Animals also will use these forests as their habitats since the trees will have grown bushy and almost impenetrable. It’s at time that there will peaks in the reliable rainfall patterns and the tourism industry due to beautiful view rendered by these forests.
About the author(s)
The author behind the proposal is Nakkazi Fauzia a 22 year old Ugandan. A student at Makerere University in Uganda, pursuing a bachelor’s in Law.
She is an active member of the MIT Climate Colab with too much interest and desire in preserving and protecting the environment.
She is a resident of Kampala district, very optimistic in the campaign to protect the environment and looking forward to educating members of her country about the need to appreciate a good environment which is pollution free.
She is to take part in the proposal’s project by actively mobilizing the activities, educating mainly the youths and jointly the whole fraternity of the Climate Colab in executing its objectives in the bid to protect our environment.
She has been assisted by Munyamu Ismail, a student of bachelors in human medicine and surgery at Kampala Internal University western campus.
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